The Pentagon is holding off on a plan to implement new restrictions on Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits. The change would prevent service members with at more than 16 years in uniform from transferring their education benefits to eligible family members. Service members and veterans have decried the new restriction, spurring lawmakers on Capitol Hill to press the Defense Department to stop its implementation.
In a letter to Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., Assistant Defense Secretary for Manpower and Reserve Affairs James N. Stewart said that the new effective date for implementation will be Jan. 12, 2020 – six months more than initially planned.
“This is a welcome decision… to slow down implementation of a policy that will unfairly affect some of our most seasoned service members,” Courtney said, adding that lawmakers in the House and Senate plan to meet soon to formulate a plan to protect transferability of GI Bill benefits.